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San Jose uses OT to prevail over Anaheim

Marc-Edouard Vlasic scores 1:24 into overtime to move San Jose back over .500

Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored in overtime and Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks knocked off their Pacific Division rival the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Tuesday night.

For one, most of us watching missed the Sharks first goal in real-time because the Buffalo Sabres - Philadelphia Flyers game went into a shootout after the Sabres blew a 3-0 lead and NBCSN being NBCSN decided to keep that game instead of switching over for their west coast audience. Once we did have the game on, we quickly realized San Jose went with their road white jerseys at home as Anaheim wanted to wear their alternate orange unis in a nationally televised game.

The Sharks broke out of their power play mini-drought by converting on their second of the game midway through the first period. Patrick Marleau wristed a shot on net after taking a give and go pass from Joonas Donskoi that got lost in the crease. The puck found Pavelski and slid into the net but the net was loose of its moorings as the goal was scored.

What was important is that on the ice it was called as a goal and after a lengthy review with the situation room in Toronto, the call on the ice stood, breaking an 0-for-12 power play spell for San Jose.

Later that period, the Sharks did a nice job killing two penalties as Micheal Haley was given 17 (!) penalty minutes for a game misconduct, fighting, and instigating said fight against Clayton Stoner. San Jose killed the first 90 seconds of Anaheim’s penalty, but Tomas Hertl - centering the third line for the first time all season - was whistled for a face-off violation using his hand to clear the puck out of the circle. Despite heavy pressure from Anaheim, the Sharks killed off the 5-on-3 power play as well as Hertl’s penalty.

At the start of the second penalty, John Gibson replaced Jonathan Bernier in net for the Ducks. Bernier was later announced as having an "upper-body" injury and never returned. The Sharks kept battling in the second looking for an insurance goal but gave one up instead. Stoner ripped a shot from the blue line and the puck got lost in Martin Jones’ blockers long enough for Chris Wagner to push it through his five-hole and tie the game up at 1-1.

The teams exchanged a pair of penalties early in the third period but neither could capitalize with the advantage. Later, Anaheim was called for too many men on the ice but perhaps the best chance on San Jose’s power play was a short-handed shot by Wagner after Donskoi turned the puck over at his own blue line. However, Jones made a nice blocker save and quickly covered the puck preventing a rebound opportunity.

At the end of 60 minutes and the game still deadlocked at 1-1, the Sharks got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime in the 2016-2017 season.

Although the Ducks kept the puck in San Jose’s zone for most of overtime, Marc-Edouard Vlasic played the puck off the far boards and led a 2-on-1 down the ice into Anaheim’s zone. Vlasic moved the puck from his backhand to his forehand and beat Gibson to net his first goal of the season, but more importantly, end the game and give San Jose two hard-fought points.

Notes:

  • San Jose outshot Anaheim 36 to 20. Credit John Gibson for keeping the Ducks in the game and ultimately helping them earn a point.
  • Ryan Getzlaf left the game in the second period after blocking a shot and never returned.
  • Vlasic’s game-winning overtime goal is just the second of his career. His first came against Minnesota in 2015 (h/t to managing editor Jake Sundstrom).

Fear the Fin’s 3 Stars:

1). Joe Pavelski

2). John Gibson

3). Marc-Edouard Vlasic